2015 Porsche Macan: How All Navigation Systems Should Behave
August 18, 2014
Can you spot it? All navigation systems should do what the one in our 2015 Porsche Macan can do. In the past I've cursed other navigation systems for not doing this and have often wondered when someone would get a clue.
I'm not sure if Porsche is the first or not. This may have snuck in under my radar in a few isolated cases. You have to be following an actual route in an unfamiliar place to be in the proper mood to care about this issue. Or sitting in traffic trying to decide between your various options, as I am every morning and afternoon.
What am I going on about? Scan around the photo a few more seconds before clicking to the next page.
Does this help? No? Are you certain?
How about this shot of our 2014 Jeep Cherokee? Surely you can see it now.
It's the position icon, the thing that shows where you are. The Porsche system positions the arrow near the edge of the screen so as to maximize the view ahead. And it changes position gradually as you make a turn, as shown in the second photo. No point in showing where you've come from. The state of the traffic behind is useless trivia.
Most cars are like the Cherokee, with the position indicator dumbly frozen in the middle. Too little screen space is dedicated to the road ahead and too much is wasted showing the road behind. All in the name of symmetry, I suppose. Or maybe a simple lack of thinking.
Yes, the perspective view offered by some can be an exception, but I generally prefer the overhead view, especially if everyone did it like the Porsche Macan.
Does your car or aftermarket nav system do this?
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,965 miles